Current Status of PET in the World

  • Seok-Ki Kim
  • Keon W. Kang
  • Myung-Chul Lee


The concept of fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) was conceived in the early 1970s by a number of researchers. In August 1976, the first brain and whole-body images were acquired successfully using the initial type of PET scanner optimized for in vivo imaging with positron-emitting radionuclides in humans (Phelps et al. J Nucl Med 16(3):210–24, 1975). This demonstrated the feasibility of the methodology, but it was still far from clinical study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineNational Cancer CenterGyeonggi-doSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineSeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear MedicineGachon University School of MedicineIncheonSouth Korea

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